A recent editorial in The Washington Post was headlined, “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.” The writers go on to say, “We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
This is not coming from the so-called “liberal media.” It’s from one of the most respected and unbiased newspapers in the land; the newspaper that covers both sides of politics from our nation’s capitol. When The Washington Post makes such a statement, everyone needs to pay attention.
This amazing admonishment of the right, follows the revelation of a meeting that took place the night of President Obama’s inauguration. With the nation having just experienced the collapse of the housing industry, the freefall of the entire global economy, the loss of 4.4 million jobs, the loss of billions or trillions in tax revenues, a bankrupt financial system, huge deficits adding to our national debt and two wars (one unnecessary), all caused by the decisions of an 8-year Republican administration, these “patriots” seemed concerned with only one thing: How could they cause the Obama administration to fail?
Unaware of the plot against him, President Obama began his administration by trying to accomplish the goals of his campaign – to repair the fractures in our nation by working with Republicans. He asked several Republicans to join his cabinet in order to heal the nation. Most declined. Instead of accepting the president’s hand, Republicans claimed he was not an American citizen and, therefore, not a legitimate president. When the administration and Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and offered loans to the failing auto industry, Republicans cried “Socialist” and organized the Tea Party from their most right wing supporters. They appeared at Presidential speeches with guns. They carried signs calling him a Fascist, a modern-day Hitler and threatening to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.
Republican Senators filibustered almost every initiative to create jobs in the hopes that the struggling economy would benefit them politically. They filibustered and obstructed legislation that would prevent a repeat of our economic collapse. They refused to allow votes on a record number of presidential appointments, including federal judges and heads of government agencies. A Republican Congressman even broke long-standing decorum by shouting You lie during a State of the Union address.
The stalemate caused by the Teapublican obstruction worked. Teapublicans took control of the House in 2010. Still, President Obama reached out to find compromise with the right. In response, the Republican House Speaker said he didn’t believe in compromise; that he didn’t even know what the word meant. Since then, Teapublicans have only become more obstructionist, more unyielding and more uncivil.
Now we’re approaching yet another election. No thanks to Teapublicans, more than a million auto industry jobs have been saved, we’re digging out of the economic abyss, we’ve ended one war and placed an end date on the other, we’ve eliminated the leadership of al Qaeda, and we’ve greatly improved our reputation throughout the world.
By almost every measure, President Obama deserves to be re-elected. Teapublicans, on the other hand, have earned a place in the very darkest corners of our history.